Jomon Puthenpurackal, Sister Abhaya
Thiruvananthapuram: After the CBI court declared verdict in the Sister Abhaya murder case, action council convener Jomon Puthenpurackal stated that it has been proved that the court cannot be influenced using money and power.
He also told the media that this is the victory of a three-decade long battle for justice.
“The people’s trust in the judiciary has increased after this verdict. It was God, who came in the form of key witness Adakka Raju and helped prove the case. Many people tried even to kill me for standing up for the truth. I studied only upto Class 6 and never thought I would be able to fight for a case. Though a huge amount of money was spent to save the accused, the CBI court stood for the truth,” Jomon said.
“Now some people have appeared claiming to be relatives of Abhaya. When I brought her parents to conduct a dharna in front of the secretariat, her brother had said that the case will never be proved. Those who never attended the protests are now appearing before channels and I’m happy to see it,” Jomon said.
Jomon added that he survived tortures and threats to fight for the truth. I have been waiting for this day for a long time. The accused should be awarded at least life sentence, he made it clear. Jomon had formed the action council on the fourth day after Abhaya was found dead. He led the battle for 28 years and it was crucial in the case.
As the local police tried to sabotage the case by depicting Abhaya’s death as suicide, the action was council was formed on March 31, 1992 with Kottayam municipal chairman P C Cheriyan as president and Jomon Puthenpurackal as convener.